The Magic Kingdom

Magic Kingdom


Walt Disney World Resort in Lake Buena Vista, Florida incorporates a number of theme parks, hotels, entertainment and recreation and though these aspects all attract millions of visitors every year it is the Magic Kingdom which most visitors primarily come to see.

Opened in 1971, the Magic Kingdom was modeled on the older Disneyland in Anaheim, California but on a larger scale because obtaining land was far easier here in Florida than it was in southern California.

The Magic Kingdom Florida

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There were 23 attractions when the Magic Kingdom first opened, but Disney’s plan was always to increase this number and to expand the park. The Magic Kingdom is divided into ‘lands’ which means that different themes can be used in the different lands giving a wide range of attractions-Main Street, USA; Tomorrowland, Adventureland, Frontierland, Fantasyland, Liberty Square and Mickey’s Toontown Fair, and of course the highlight in the centre of the Magic Kingdom is Cinderella’s Castle.

Disney's Magic Kingdom Park

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What makes the Magic Kingdom so popular with people of all ages is the variety of attractions. Many rides are the typical theme park thrill rides, though these vary from very tame kids rides to the more intense roller coasters and naturally there’s also a large presence of characters from the world of Disney all over the park too.

In addition to the typical theme park rides there are rides like the hugely popular Pirates of the Caribbean , the Jungle Cruise and It’s A Small World which appeal to young and old alike. There are also shows such as the Hall of Presidents, the Country Bear Jamboree and the Enchanted Tiki Room.

Seven Dwarfs Mine Train at Walt Disney World

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All over the Magic Kingdom are places to eat, ranging from high class full service restaurants to self service cafeterias to ‘street’ vendors and there are also numerous opportunities to buy souvenirs too.

As a memorable end to a memorable visit, many people stay for the closing fireworks show which is usually spectacular, taking place after the night time parade of Disney characters.

The Magic Kingdom is situated in Lake Buena Vista , close to Orlando in Florida . Orlando has two international airports: Orlando International and Orlando-Sanford International Airport . The latter is further away from Disney World and was built to cope with increased demand, generally handling more of the charter flights.

Date posted: 1st March, 2016

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